JUST IN: Cuppa Charm

Guys! I’ve been MIA for various reasons, one being my site was under renovation. I recently redid my site, and bought a new domain (I am doing cartwheels I am so excited!). You can now find me at: cuppacharm.com. This name “Cuppa Charm,” has held a special place in my heart for over 10 years now, and I am SO.so.SO excited for this name to be officially mine. I also created my new logo:

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There were a few reasons for my switch, and I feel that this new website more accurately reflects what it is that I plan to write about. You’ll notice my tagline

Cultivate happiness through chaos

is really what I want to display here. Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental happiness. Just, happiness. That’s where I want this to go, for all of us.

I hope you’ll check out my new site and let me know what you think. As all things in life, it’s a work in progress.

Cheers!

BRUNCH

I am 100% a brunch aficionado. It is something I would never, ever turn down. I take it very seriously and was heartbroken when one of my favorite brunch spots in Boston recently closed. They had a bubbly brunch, Zocalo – RIP.

I found this list of the best brunch in every state. And now I want to go to all surrounding states.

I started getting suspicious of the validity when I scrolled to Massachusetts and found it was The Hangover Pub in Worcester. Worcester? But… Boston? Worcester is home to several colleges, so it does make sense to have a place with such a name, and a bangin’ breakfast. I went to their site and… wow. It looks amazing (+ all things bacon). I’ll have to go and check this out for myself.

However, I knew the site was legit once I scrolled down to Rhode Island. You don’t have to tell me the best brunch place, I knew what it was — and they did too. The Duck and Bunny, a snuggery. Honestly, having the word “snugg” in there already gets right into my heart. Then there’s this – they have brunch every. day. And champagne, and cupcakes…

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It has been years since I’ve been to The Duck and Bunny, but now I’ll be looking to get back there, now.

EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT.

cheers(:

Morning routine

I believe that small adjustments are a quick way to a happy day. (I know, I’m sorry for rhyming, annoying.)

I wouldn’t consider myself a morning person, I could sleep for many more hours than I do. I try to get between 7-8 hours each night, but I could definitely go for about 10.

Lately, I’ve been trying to be better about my health — both physically and mentally, and one step I’ve been trying to master is my morning routine.

A few months back, I was sleeping until about 7:15, when I have to be out the door by 7:30 — and having to take my dog for a walk before I leave. I was rocking the messy-bun on a daily basis, and it left me feeling exhausted, rushed, and frustrated. I thought that by hitting snooze several times, and giving myself a few extra minutes would be beneficial – how wrong I was!

In recent weeks, I’ve switched up my schedule. I have still been leaving at 7:30, but now I wake up at 6:15. A whole extra hour! And it makes me so. much. happier.

I wake up, and spray this “Breathe Deeply” Happy Spritz right in my face (it’s a mix of pure peppermint + eucalyptus + 100% pure essential oils). It is a wake-up call, and also my reminder for the day to BREATHE. Often when I’m stressed, I’ll find myself literally holding my breathe. It’s so bad to do – and I’m making a conscious effort to knock that off.

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Next, I’ll get up, make some coffee and have a glass of water. I’ll take Cooper out for a nice, longer walk rather than rushing her, too. Then I get ready, maybe even do my hair if I feel like it since I now have the time.

After I am ready for the day, I make a healthy breakfast and actually sit down at our breakfast table and eat it. It’s amazing having time in the morning and not being stressed.

My morning and whole day are so much better with my new routine in place. It is still a little difficult to get out of bed, but now I look forward to my time in the morning, so I’m willing to get up and do it. I look forward to the weekends to sleeping in a bit, but my weekdays have improved greatly.

Cheers!

Happy New Year!

With 365 fresh days ahead of us, it’s time to renew and restore ourselves. Many of us use the new year to look back at what has changed, new friends who’ve come into our lives, and maybe even some who have stepped out.

While I see it is worthwhile to reflect, and typically I do. This year, I’m just allowing the past to be the past. 2016 is closed, and I’m ready for this new year. While I did have a lot of fun adventures in the past year, France probably being my favorite, I feel that 2016 was a pretty stagnant year for me.

If there’s one thing I dislike for myself, it’s feeling stagnant. ONE life. That’s IT. I don’t want to spend one month of it without being in continuous motion. Whether it’s physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, I want to keep growing. Then give myself some rest on a tropical island, and then grow some more.

My resolutions:

  • Start writing my book (it’s always been a thought. This year it’ll be an action)
  • Focus myself on my grad school courses
  • Eat more REAL food
  • Take my dog on longer walks, even in the winter
  • Continue going to yoga throughout the whole year
  • Don’t depend my mood on the weather (when it rains I don’t need to be sad, really)
  • Be more spontaneous

Cheers to a wonderful 2017!

TBT: Italy

I was reminded, thanks to TimeHop, that I was in Italy four years ago this week. Sigh. What I’d give to be right back there right now.

I remember hearing that it “wasn’t the best time to go to Italy.” Well, I’ve also been there in March, and I’d say December, in fact, is the best time to go to Italy. So there. Italy goes BIG on Christmastime, and being there to see the beautiful lights and Christmas decorations was AMAZING to me.

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My mom made the entire itinerary, and what an amazing trip she came up with. We visited Florence and Rome.

We started off in Florence and visited the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and the museum where David is nakie. I remember being excited to try Florence’s hot chocolate, which is much thicker than ours. One of the days, we ventured into Tuscany, about an hour away up a mountain, to a wine tour and tasting in Chianti. The region is beautiful, with rows of grapes for miles and miles. I thought it was so neat to think that those grapes would soon be made into wine and sent all around the world.

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On the way back to Florence, we stopped by this tiny little town in the Chianti region, called Greve (pronounced ‘Gravy’). The day was just winding down, and the sun was beginning to set. We made it there just as they were starting the town’s Christmas tree lighting in the center of town. We got to see families celebrating with their children, and it was such a nice moment. There were little shops throughout the town and a cafe that we explored before heading back into Florence.

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We visited a restaurant in Florence, La cucina del Garga, which was delicious and for some reason, they kept all the liquor bottles we were drinking on OUR table. Someone else would ask for a drink, they’d take it from our table to pour them a drink, then give it back to us. Fine with us. I think we finished the whole bottle of grappa.

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Another memorable thing we did was a cooking class, by Florence Cooking Classes. We started off going to a local marketplace, where we got to sample many different foods, and picked out all of the food we would need. We made pasta (of course), ravioli, and tiramisu. The pasta we made was one of the best meals I had in all of Italy. SO good. They even sent us home with the recipe, which I tried to replicate last year.

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The next stop was Rome. I have heard people say that Rome isn’t their favorite, and that it’s a dirty city. I object. I love Rome for all that it is – and it’s a lot. Between the old, narrow cobblestone streets – the FOOD and shopping – the history – the people, I love it all. While in Rome, we did all of the usual – the Spanish Steps (where I got my first pair of Jimmy Choos), the Colosseum, made a wish in the Trevi Fountain, and even got a private tour of the Vatican!

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Sometimes when I’m having a REALLY GOOD moment, I’ll mentally store it in a special place. I’ll tell myself that whenever I’m unhappy, go back to that moment. I’ve only done it for a few special times, but I’m good to my word in going back to my happy moments when I’m feeling distressed. I had one of these moments in Rome, and I believe it is my favorite moment of all my happy moments. Here it is:

Surrounded by the people I love most, my Mom, Dad, and my brother, Matt, we were in Rome, sitting in a room filled with people having their own conversations. We had wine and dark chocolate, which we learned pairs well. A man was playing the piano. And in that moment, life was absolutely perfect.

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Cheers!

Give thanks

This year, like every other, I am heading down to my parents house in Rhode Island to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, fun, and football.

Here are some things I am thankful for this year:

  • How often I get to see my family
  • Evan
  • My friends, and every single moment I get to spend with them
  • Cooper
  • My health, though it has its challenges I feel blessed for everything that IS working
  • Tom Brady
  • A warm home
  • Writing
  • My job
  • Coffee
  • Sunny days
  • Travel

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I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

Cheers!